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Peel Inlet and Old Mandurah Bridge

The Noongar name is Mandjoogoordap meaning 'meeting place of the heart'. Also known as Mandurah from the word 'mandjar', meaning 'trading place'.[1][2][3] Mandurah is now a satellite city South of Perth. The name Mandjoogoordap is well known from the sign for Mandjoogoordap Drive il the Kwinana Freeway as the exit road for Mandurah - it is described by Wadjela as the road with yennar the 'O's.

Situated within the Gnaala Karla Booja region, wer boodja of the Binjareb people of the Bibbulmun nation, Mandjoogoordap was a meeting wer trading place of much significance due to it's abundance of natural resources from both boodjar wer wardan (ocean). Mandurah's name derives, according to research done by Prof. Len Collard, from 'man-durah' or 'mandjar-dura' or 'maan-dura' or 'manjahly - dura' or 'man-da - dura' or 'manda - dura' or 'mandeegur - dura', meaning a kind of fair or place of trade wer exchange held in wer amongst the wild tea tree boodjar where the young people who have reached puberty or who have come of age get to meet future in-laws wer marriage partners.[4][5][6]

Local elders/birdya/traditional owners of Pinjarra[edit | edit source]

Mandjoogoordap Waarnk - Stories about Mandjoogoordap[edit | edit source]

Kwedjang Mandjoogoordap boodja was formed after a terrible drought led elders to go to the kwardarn wer pray to their creator to return water to replenish the boodja. In the form of a green wer grey moyoop they named Wagyl, their creator came yira out of the sea creating the inlet. After nidja the Wagyl gave birth in the estuary where her koorlangka stayed until they grew koobarniny. Eventually they made their way into the boodjar creating the Meelon Bilya (Murray River), Wangamup Bilya (Serpentine River) wer Harvey Bilya. The young Wagyl continued East creating a series of bilya, lakes wer swamps along the way. Eventually it is said they dissolved into these water masses wer at nidja time the boodjera was once again replenished from the drought. Meanwhile the ngarngk Wagyl searched for her young heading south wer creating the lakes wer formations of Lake Clifton, Lake Preston wer finally returning to the kwardarn through the Leschenault Estuary without her koorlangka.

Ngiyan waarnk - References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mandurah. Landgate, Govt. of WA. Retrieved 4 November 2016
  2. Our Mission. Our Knowledge, Our Land - Ngalang Kaadadjan, Ngalang Boodja. Retrieved 4 November 2016
  3. Bernard Rooney (2011). "The Nyoongar Legacy". Batchelor Press. ISBN 978 174131 232 4
  4. Leonard Collard."Boodjar - Nyungar Placenames in the South-West of Western Australia: Mandurah". University of Western Australia. Retrieved 12 August 2020
  5. "Noongar Waangkiny : A Learner's Guide to Noongar". Noongar Boodjar Language Cultural Aboriginal Centre. Download file: Noongar-Learners-Guide-2edn-web-2.pdf. Archived 22 March 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2020
  6. "Indigenous Creation Story". Mandurah Community Museum. Download file: Indigenous Creation Story(1).pdf. Archived 17 April 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2020